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Wooden Shjips
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Hailing from San Francisco, psychedelic group Wooden Shjips, has just released their newest album Back to Land. The album brings together a sound crafted from inspirations that range from psychedelic music to classic rock.

The album is an entire trip in itself.  One can hear hints of 80s music, classic rock, and modern garage rock styles in the record, but they always resolve back to their classic psychedelic sound. With tracks like “In The Roses,” which brings a very spacey, low volume vocals, and a lo-fi sound that is not too cheesy or under produced. to “Ghouls,” which is a much faster, much more psychedelic rock sounding song that takes influences from classic rock guitar chords, while still utilizing classic psychedelic synthesizers.

Most songs on the album carry a jam-band sound, without becoming too abstract or getting too carried away. And in some cases, the music is so vast in genre diversity, one is surprised at the resulting sound, such as in the track, “These Shadows”, which starts off with an extremely catchy intro guitar riff and carries a vague David Bowie meets Velvet Underground sound.

“Back to Land” is a great piece of work that utilizes the potential of each member of Wooden Shjips effectively and thoroughly.

Most importantly, “Back to Land” is an experimentation of how far the psychedelic genre can stretch while still successfully staying true to its roots.


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San Francisco based electro singer/songwriter, Luke Sweeney announces the release of his new 7” release sharing the a-side single, Red Hot Demands. ​ Red Hot Demands is the a-side of a special 7-inch / 12-page novella ​release with a super-limited edition (30 copies) of clear, square 7" flexi-discs. The track is a psychedelic pop adventure that takes you on a driving trip featuring Sweeney’s vocal capabilities, a punching rhythm section and an addictive melody that commands your feet.

Outer Limb, the secret b-side, is a mostly instrumental track that showcases the pounding rhythm section, shredding guitars and overall talented instrumentation of Sweeney’s full band. Luke Sweeney will also be playing at the Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco on Tuesday, May 10th with his full band, in support of NIGHT MOVES.

May 04, 2016
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San Francisco's one-woman tour-de-force, Future Twin, has recently dropped the brand new single, Are You Rested (Enough Yet)? Take a listen to this lovely, moody new effort by a San Francisco staple. 

Future Twin is a San Francisco-based creative, fresh and energetic shoegaze outfit… or punkadelic… or moongaze… or old-time soul creative orb of sound. We´re excited to here some new music and are always happy to share the art of such a talented local musician.

May 02, 2016
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Oakland based corporate punks, Toyota are performing live in Oakland and San Francisco tonight and tomorrow! This nerdy group of punks has been on the go for the past year as they have released an EP, started a record label and have embarked on a west coast tour all in the name of maximizing revenue and building an empire. Inspired by 70s punk with a contemporary twist of added aggression and technical proficiency, Toyota performs with a captivation that is both curiously engaging and wildly irritating.

At their core, they are a simple squad of entrepreneurs on the prowl for the biggest bang for their buck, unsuspecting business men hiding under the guise of punk “musicians” to sell out fast. Help them out picking up their newest EP, out this week on Discontinuous Innovation Inc.

Catch Toyota on Thursday at the Hemlock with Lysine, Lil Dowager and Unraze or Friday in Oakland at the Stork Club with The World, Ex-Debs and Violence Creeps. -Julia deAnda

April 28, 2016
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The Oakland based duo, Rogue Wave will release Delusions of Grand Fur on April 29th via Easy Sound Recordings, but starting today the record is streaming in its entirety. Rogue Wave’s first album in 3+ years and their sixth studio album, Delusions of Grand Fur is set to smash any preconceptions of Rogue Wave’s sound and is the most truthful, powerful, and urgent sonic blueprint of the band to date.

Delusions of Grand Fur - a title chosen as a riff on the tendency of fresh-faced musicians to misperceive the reality of band life - marks the reinvigorated return of Zach Rogue, his longtime band mate Pat Spurgeon, and their fellow band members. Recording and producing the entire LP themselves at their home studios in Oakland, Rogue Wave focused on storytelling throughout the album and worked without recording demos versions of songs—instead, the demos would simply become the songs. With this DIY approach, Rogue Wave has seized creative control of its identity and the end result is a clear snapshot of who the band is today.

Catch Rogue Wave Live in May:
5/5 - Oakland, CA @ Starline Ballroom
5/7 - San Francisco, CA @ The Independent

April 25, 2016
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Foxtails Brigade has released their new self-titled album, out today, April 8th on OIM Records. Produced in the Bay Area by Jeff Saltzman (Blondie, The Killers), this record marks the Oakland-based band’s third full-length LP, but serves as a cohesive statement of who they are and the direction they’re headed. Baeble stated that the record “propels itself forward on the airy but piercing voice of Laura Weinbach, soaring almost vaudeville-esque strings, and a sound that combines Sondheim-esque theatrics with contemporary pop intimacy.”  The band recently celebrated with a record release show at Swedish American Hall in San Francisco and are now on the road in the midst of a month-long April tour.

April 21, 2016
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We´re excited to share the news of the upcoming Slow Motion Cowboys, The B-Stars and Indianna Hale show at Rickshaw Stop on Thursday, April 21st!

My ode to Pete of Slow Motion Cowboys: Pete Fields is one of my favorite people, one of the best songwriters in the Bay Area, and he is one of my oldest friends in SF. Slow Motion Cowboys was a side project when I met Pete back in 2004, a band he started in college in Olympia and occasionally revisited after returning to SF. It's been incredible to watch them grow as a musical entity. When I first moved to SF, I went to tons of Trainwreck Riders shows (a country/punk band that Pete also is in). He's got the music community thing down, and as an SF native, his songs really bring out the spirit of this city, and his new album addresses some of those changes many of us our mourning, but in the most authentic way. I'm grateful he's stuck around and continues to make art despite challenging times.

Now Slow Motion Cowboys are bringing it to the next level and are on the brink of releasing a new album, In Exile/ On the Mesa. After all these years, I am honored to be working on their big album release show, with help from my friend and collaborator, Joe Deakins, through Seaweed Sway. 

Joe made an excellent radio mix of Slow Motion Cowboys, The B-Stars, and Indianna Hale. Here it is:

 

We also planned it to fall right around Pete's birthday, so this is a double-celebration, if anyone's keeping track. Pete's real birthday is Friday (tax day ahhh). - Jessie Woletz, Seaweed Sway

April 18, 2016
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